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under the yoke

Under or at the mercy of an immense and oppressive force, burden, or pressure. Thousands of people are estimated to have lost their lives under the yoke of the brutal dictatorship. Under the yoke of misogyny, racism, and homophobia, a gay woman of color will inevitably face an immense amount of discrimination in our society.
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pass under the yoke

To be humiliated in defeat. The phrase derives from the ancient practice of humiliating troops by having them walk under a yoke that was symbolic of the victorious army. Many enemy soldiers passed under the yoke of the Roman army. Having to attend my rival's medal ceremony is like passing under the yoke.
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yoke around someone's neck

Fig. something that oppresses people; a burden. John's greedy children are a yoke around his neck. The Smiths have a huge mortgage that has become a yoke around their necks.
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yoke people or things together

to connect two people together with a yoke; to connect two animals together with a yoke. Todd yoked the oxen together for the parade. Sam yoked Fred and Tom together so they could pull the load.
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get some yokes on

tv. to build up one’s muscles. (Bodybuilding.) If I keep working at this, I know I can get some yokes on.
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mod. having well-marked abdominal muscles; have heavy muscles. That guy is really yoked. I wonder how much he works out.
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n. muscles; abdominal muscles. (see also yoked. Also seen as yolks. Possibly as if muscular shoulders can be seen as yokes of muscle.) Look at the yokes on that broad.
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From the fabric, cut one skirt front on the fold, two skirt backs, one front yoke on the fold, one front facing on the fold, two back yoke pairs (one for the back facing) and one pocket facing pair.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The material used to manufacture the yoke was made from Titanium 6AL-4V beta annealed.
The yoke uses patent-pending control loading technology to provide highly accurate control forces and realistic trim representation in a consumer priced yoke.
He took his good right hand off the throttle and placed it on the yoke just moments before the landing.
Just before touchdown "his prosthetic limb became detached from the yoke clamp, depriving him of control of the aircraft".
An air accident report released today revealed that the prosthetic limb was supposed to be clamped to the yoke.
Inspection revealed weld in yoke assembly (p/n 05600145) broken off due to corrosion inside the tube.
Someone before me has attempted to unbreech it by prying on the yoke from inside of the receiver that attaches to the locking plunger.
In fact, the nations which were previously under the Soviet yoke have wanted to join Nato because they absolutely don't want to suffer the Soviet-built yoke of oppression again.
Black yoke bead Black yoke bead dress, PS60, littlewoods.
When the pair has had enough experience to work nicely together in a yoke, you can hitch them to something to pull.
1) shows all of the pattern pieces--front, back, sleeves, gussets, cuffs, the yoke, neckband, facing and a small placket at the bottom of the front opening.
A Broken yoke means the detector has to be sent to depot for repair.